DruidShakespeare heading for Skibb in June

To mark its 40th anniversary year, Druid is embarking on a major artistic undertaking nationwide that will take in Skibbereen Town Hall at the end of June.

DruidShakespeare is a new adaptation by Mark O’Rowe of four plays, Richard II, Henry IV Parts One and Two and Henry V, in two parts, directed by Garry Hynes, which will be presented at Skibereen Town Hall on Monday, June 29th. The performances will begin at 5pm and last around six hours with a meal break between the two.

Tickets, costing €60 each (concessions €52), for DruidShakespeare will be on sale online for all venues nationwide from 10am this Thursday, April 16th, on www.druid.ie or through 091-568660. Next week, a limited number of tickets will be available for purchase over the counter at Thornhill Brothers Electrical, Skibbereen.

Druid has this week announced full details of one of the company’s most ambitious ever undertakings, DruidShakespeare, a challenging but fitting project to mark the company’s 40th anniversary year. An epic story of families and wars and the making of nations, DruidShakespeare is an exploration of English history through an Irish lens.

‘The question we are asking is how, in the context of the historical relationship between Ireland and England, do we as Irish artists produce these plays today?’ says Druid artistic director Garry Hynes, a Tony-award winner.

With an ensemble cast of thirteen actors, this major new theatre event will premiere in Druid’s home, the Mick Lally Theatre in Galway, before embarking on an extensive Irish tour to Letterkenny, Sligo, Castlebar, Limerick, Skibereen and will premiere internationally in New York at the prestigious 2015 Lincoln Center Festival.

In August Kilkenny Arts Festival, in association with Druid, will present a site-specific production of the plays in the castle yard where Richard II stayed when fighting his ‘Irish wars’.

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